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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Politically Correct About Men

Politically Correct
About Men

He does not have a beer gut;
He is not quiet;

He is not stupid;

He does not get lost;

He is not balding;

He is not a cradle robber;

He does not get falling-down drunk;

He does not act like a total ass;
He develops a case of RECTAL CRANIAL INVERSION.

He is not short;
He does not constantly talk about cars;

He is not unsophisticated;

He does not eat like a pig;
He suffers from REVERSE BULIMIA.
He does not hog the blankets;

He is not a male chauvinist pig;

He doesn't have a dirty mind;

He is not afraid of commitment;

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Things Your Dog Would Tell You

10 Things Your Dog Would Tell You...
 (This made me cry)

1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be painful: remember that before you get me.
2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.  
3. Place your trust in me- it is crucial to my well being.
4. Do not be angry at me for long, and do not lock me up as punishment.
5. You have your work, your entertainment,and your friends. I only have you.
6. Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don't understands your words, I understand your voice when it is speaking to me.
7. Be aware that how ever you treat me, I will never forget.
8. Remember before you hit me that I have teeth that could easily hurt you, but I choose not to bite you because I love you.
9. Before you scold me for being uncooperative,obstinate,or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I might not be getting the right food, or I have been out too long, or my heart is getting to old and weak.

10. Take care of me when I get old; you too will grow old. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say: "I cannot bear to watch" or "Let it happen in my absence." Everything is easier for me if you are there, even my death.

Remember that I love you.


Monday, February 25, 2013

Fresh Guacamole

"Fresh Guacamole"
By:  PES

Concept and Animation by PES

Fireworks by PES 


Friday, February 22, 2013

How Many Squares are There ?

How Many Squares are There ?

Answer Below...

Hidden Meanings

Find the word that is left after you remove the letters of the word that fits the first definition.
Example: J U F O U L R T Y H.
Remove the month, but leave the date (July/fourth).

1. C O B A W R N
Remove the animal, but leave its ........

2. C P O E R A R N
Remove the vegetable, but leave

3. R Y O E L S L E O W
Remove the flower, but leave the......

4. W O C O R D M
Remove the fish, but leave

5. D B O I L G L Y
Remove the boy (given name), but leave his......

 Hidden Meanings

(1) cow/barn,
(2) corn/pear,
(3) rose/yellow,
(4) cod/worm,
(5) Billy/dog.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Albatross Midway Atoll

Albatross Chicks on Midway Atoll
(a tiny stretch of sand and coral 
near the middle of the North Pacific)
These photographs of albatross chicks were made in September 2009 on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific
The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. 
On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking.

To document this phenomenon as faithfully as possible, not a single piece of plastic in any of these photographs was moved, placed, manipulated, arranged, or altered in any way. 
These images depict the actual stomach contents of baby birds in one of the world's most remote marine sanctuaries, more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent.
This video is about an island in the ocean at 2000 km from any other coast line.
Nobody lives there, only birds and yet ...
Play Videos Below 

This film should be seen by the entire world
Please don't throw anything into the sea. 
Unbelievable, just look at the consequences!!!!!
Sailing the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation first discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch -- an endless floating waste of plastic trash. 
Now he's drawing attention to the growing, choking problem of plastic debris in our seas.
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Monday, February 18, 2013

Call Me Maybe: Cheerleaders vs U.S. Military

Call Me Maybe
Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders
U.S. Military

The sexy ladies of The Miami Dolphins Football Team Cheerleaders made a smoking cover of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe".

And then these fine and fit Military men came out with their testosterone charged tribute video to the Dolphins Cheerleaders.

Brings a whole new meaning to
Don't Ask Don't Tell
Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders
Military Tribute
C-5 Aircrew Cover


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Assembling Abraham Lincoln Statue

Abraham Lincoln

Piccirilli Brothers assembling the Abraham Lincoln statue
at the Lincoln Memorial Washington, D.C. ca.1919-1920. 
Although he sits in our nation's capitol today, Lincoln was carved in a studio on East 142nd Street by the six Italian brothers. The statues had to be shipped out The Bronx in 28 pieces.

Abraham Lincoln (1920) is a colossal seated figure of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865) sculpted by Daniel Chester French (1850–1931) and carved by the Piccirilli Brothers.
It is situated in the Lincoln Memorial (constructed 1914–22), on the National Mall, Washington, D.C., USA, and was unveiled in 1922.
Stylistically, the work follows in the Beaux Arts and American Renaissance traditions.

The 170-ton statue is composed of 28 blocks of white Georgia marble (Murphy Marble)  and rises 30 feet (9.1 m) from the floor, including the 19-foot (5.8 m) seated figure (with armchair and footrest) upon an 11-foot (3.4 m) high pedestal.
The figure of Lincoln gazes directly ahead and slightly down with an expression of gravity and solemnity. His frock coat is unbuttoned and a large flag is draped over the chair back and sides. French paid special attention to Lincoln’s expressive hands, which rest on the enormous arms of a circular, ceremonial chair, the fronts of which bear fasces, emblems of authority from Roman antiquity. French used casts of his own fingers to achieve the correct placement.
Daniel Chester French was selected in 1914 by the Lincoln Memorial Committee to create a Lincoln statue as part of the memorial to be designed by architect Henry Bacon (1866–1924). French was already famous for his Minute Man (1884) statue in Concord, Massachusetts.
French started with a small clay study and subsequently created several plaster models, each time making subtle changes in the figure's pose or setting.
He placed the President not in an ordinary 19th-century seat, but in a classical chair including fasces, a Roman symbol of authority, to convey that the subject was an eminence for all the ages.
Three plaster models of the Lincoln statue are at French’s Chesterwood Studio, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts
To determine the optimum scale and size for the memorial statue French and Bacon took photographic enlargements of the statue to the memorial while it was still under construction. French's longtime collaborators, the firm of Piccirilli Brothers, were commissioned to do the carving of a much larger sculpture in marble from a quarry near Tate, Georgia.

It took a full year for French's design to be transferred to the massive marble blocks.
French provided finishing strokes in the carvers' studio in New York City and after the statue was assembled in the memorial on the National Mall in 1920. Lighting the statue was a particular problem. In creating the work, French had understood that a large skylight would provide direct, natural illumination from overhead, but this was not included in the final plans. The horizontal light from the east caused Lincoln's facial features to appear flattened—making him appear to stare blankly, rather than wear a dignified expression—and highlighted his shins. French considered this a disaster. In the end, an arrangement of electric lights was devised to correct this situation.

Some have claimed, erroneously, that Confederate general Robert E. Lee's face/  profile is carved onto the back of Lincoln's hair, facing backwards.
Another popular legend is that Lincoln is shown using sign language to represent his initials, with his left hand shaped to form an "A" and his right hand to form an "L". The National Park Service denies both stories, calling them urban legends. 
However, historian Gerald Prokopowicz writes that, while it is not clear that sculptor Daniel Chester French intended Lincoln's hands to be formed into sign language versions of his initials, it is possible that French did intend it, because he was familiar with American Sign Language, and he would have had a reason to do so, i.e., to pay tribute to Lincoln for having signed the federal legislation giving Gallaudet University, a university for the deaf, the authority to grant college degrees.
The National Geographic Society's publication, "Pinpointing the Past in Washington, D.C." states that Daniel Chester French had a son who was deaf and the sculptor was familiar with sign language.

Are there 12 or 13 men?

Are There 12 or 13 Men?

1)   Count the men... 

2)  Wait...

3)  Count again

Don’t ask...

I haven’t figured it out yet…

Enter  Comments  Below...

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Rigoletto ♪ Set in Las Vegas at Met

Verdi's Rigoletto

New Production
My next door neighbors had 2 tickets for Rigoletto Sat Feb 16th  and could not go - so they gave them to me. 
- Rigoletto Set in Las Vegas c.1960's ??!!??
The Rat Pack?
But... WOW!  It worked so well!! Absolutely a GREAT production.  Not usually one to encourage tinkering with classics but when done well / intelligently it is fantastic!!
Highly recommended to Opera lovers. 

Links below for some video clips.
Rigoletto Video clips:

Questa o Quella - Piotr Beczala (Duke):
La Donna è Mobile: 

Act I Duet (Željko Lučić, Diana Damrau):

Rigoletto in Rehearsal - Joyce DiDonato interviews Michael Mayer, Zeljko Lucic, and Piotr Beczala – who sings “Questa o quella” in a C-level rehearsal room!:

Rigoletto audio clips:

Michael Mayer’s bold new production locates Verdi’s tragedy of lust, betrayal, and revenge in Las Vegas in 1960. 
  •  Željko Lucic sings the title role 
  • Diana Damrau is his beautiful daughter
  • Piotr Beczala is the womanizing Duke.

The stage production of Rigoletto contains very brief partial nudity, which will not be shown in the Live in HD transmission of the opera.
  • “Rigoletto hits the jackpot” (WQXR).
  • Michael Mayer “has brought theatrical flair to his operatic debut” of Verdi’s tragic masterpiece (New York Times).
  • "It's impossible not to like the new production. It's wildly entertaining, inventive, strangely funny and yet also deeply sad… Mayer captures both the emotional depth and surface glitter in an audacious staging…   Michael Mayer captures both the emotional depth and surface glitter in an audacious staging” (Bloomberg). 
  • “Briskly entertaining, richly sung” (New York Magazine)
  • "An entertaining, bold rendition" (Associated Press).

The Production Team

Production: Michael Mayer Set Designer: Christine Jones Costume Designer: Susan Hilferty Lighting Designer: Kevin Adams Choreographer: Steven Hoggett 
Conductor: Michele Mariotti. 2012-13 season

L' Opéra Imaginaire